We're thrilled to share with you the news that Kennedy Odede, SHOFCO's co-founder and CEO, graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, last weekend! Kennedy is the Kibera slum's first graduate of a prestigious American college.
Kennedy delivered Wesleyan’s senior commencement address with a riveting speech, where he shared his dream "to attend a Wesleyan commencement 13 years from now, and sit where our families are today, to watch a graduate of the Kibera School for Girls accept a Wesleyan diploma, proving yet again that it does not matter where you come from—only where you want to go." His speech ended with all his fellow graduates repeating after him to “Promise to champion hope throughout the world.” We're so proud of Kennedy-- and can't thank you enough for your support of SHOFCO's work to affect deep and lasting change in Kibera.
News & Updates from the Johanna Justin-Jinich Community Clinic:
The JJJ Clinic has been bustling with activity as usual! In March, April, and May we treated on average 110 patients everyday for primary care.
Cervical Cancer Screenings
The clinic continues to screen women every Tuesday for cervical cancer, and has been averaging 20 women screened per week. Shining Hope has partnered with the healthcare provider Aga Khan to treat those cases with progressed cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is the most deadly cancer for women in Africa, and also the most preventable type of cancer. Triggered by the sexually transmitted disease HPV, cervical cancer can be prevented through regular screenings, where precancerous lesions can be detected and removed. Women from Kibera are telling their family members about our screening and people have come from around Nairobi as well as upcountry to be screened.
Thank you for everything you make possible with your support!
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